Maybe it's because we live in New England, where the average temperature in the winter is “frostbite,” but if we are taking a vacation in the middle of February, catching a breeze on the beach in the French West Indies has always sounded a lot more appealing than being lambasted by an artic wind chill on the side of a mountain (also known as taking a ski vacation).
That is until we cracked open the pages of Architectural Digest in December. In it, we found the single most amazing vacation home we’ve ever seen and it just so happened to be built directly into the side of a mountain. We’ve been craving après ski ever since.
The property in question is the vacation home of renowned Manhattan architect Peter Marino, known as much for his edgy, rockstar-like persona as his status as the go-to designer for fashion brands like Chanel and Fendi, as well as LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault.
The inspiration for Marino's home is as glamorous as his resume: according to the AD article, he got the idea from “the flight rituals of the indigenous waved albatross” during a trip he took with his daughter to the Galapagos Islands. Of course, when your inspiration is this specific, not just any old build site would do: creating the ideal perch for the home required using dynamite to blow out an area of the mountain. Go big or go home.
Inside, the space is anything but typical for a ski house: there's no obvious plaid, taxidermy, or set of antique snowshoes in sight. Instead you'll find the home is a restrained, elevated, and thoughtful nod to its surroundings. Let's take a tour, shall we?
The view you get when you literally build your home into the side of a mountain is not terrible...
A fur covered bed is exactly where you'd find us after a long day hitting the slopes...ide shopping.
Fact: a sleek, slate wall makes for a much chicer fireplace surround than the reclaimed wood and stone typical of ski house style.
Decor goals: Marino himself desinged the leather armchairs in this room for Poltrona Frau.
We're officially trading in our swimsuits for snow boots.